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19 Feb 20201 minute read

Flexible ‘solar skin’ could power homes

ECAtoday
Flexible ‘solar skin’ could power homes

Researchers at the University of Queensland have reportedly developed a flexible solar ‘skin’ that could eventually be used to power homes, vehicles and mobile devices.

Working with nanoparticles known as quantum dot solar cells, the engineers were able to print lightweight, flexible transparent sheets which could be applied to almost any surface, including windows, cars and devices, and convert sunlight into an electrical current.

The research team were able to increase the previous record efficiency for converting sunshine into electricity using this technology, from 13.4% to 16.6%. They now aim to reach 20%, which could make the technology commercially viable.

You can watch quantum dots in action here.

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